Maine regulators need to know if T-Cellular is unnecessarily tying up telephone numbers from the dwindling 207 pool.
That comes as the most recent forecast reveals Maine’s iconic 207 space code could possibly be utterly exhausted by the tip of 2025. That would depart regulators little alternative however to separate the state into two space codes.
With the 207 pool shrinking yr after yr, regulators have been monitoring carriers’ numbering practices and forecasts to preserve the remaining telephone numbers, based on the Maine Public Utilities Fee.
The fee needs T-Cellular to produce it with data detailing the way it makes use of its current pool of numbers and forecasts its anticipated progress. The request comes after a overview of T-Cellular’s requests for contemporary 207 telephone numbers courting from January 2021 to April of this yr.
“This case is a part of our ongoing effort to increase the lifetime of Maine’s single 207 space code,” Chair Philip Bartlett mentioned Wednesday. “Final yr we opened a case to look into the numbering practices of Verizon Wi-fi and we are actually doing the identical with T-Cellular as they could even be utilizing unrealistic forecasting objectives, unnecessarily tying up out there telephone numbers.”
The utilities fee launched an identical probe final August into Verizon’s numbering practices and forecasts. Details about the place that probe stands wasn’t instantly out there.
Simply days after that probe launched, Maine’s congressional delegation despatched a letter to the Federal Communications Fee asking it to work with Maine to keep away from the “disruption” of rending the state into two space codes.
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